5 free agents Steelers need to consider from the Super Bowl

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Ross Cockrell #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Ross Cockrell

Just like Bell, Ross Cockrell also enjoyed a brief and overall successful stint with the Steelers earlier in his career. While his play isn’t anything to write home about, he is a solid reserve that can be a short-term starter for a team in a pinch if needed. He should have some sort of familiarity with the Steelers scheme as well given his history with the team.

While it would be far from a slam dunk, Cockrell would provide valuable depth for a group that is likely to lose at least one, and more than likely two, corners. Cockrell wouldn’t be tasked with starting, but he could be the proverbial next man up. As well, given his size, he could even play in the slot as he has before. It isn’t his natural spot, but he has some experience there and he could at least be serviceable depth there.

Adding Cockrell would boost the depth this team has at cornerback from both the inside and the outside. As well, it is hard to imagine him getting much more than the veteran minimum right now, meaning he will be extremely cheap. Better yet, despite his age, Cockrell is still performing well on special teams, meaning that he can serve as more than just depth. While it wouldn’t be earth-shattering, kicking the tires on Cockrell could be a solid offseason move.